Short courses


CLEAPSS: Safety with Chemicals for Technicians (Secondary-Level Science)

  • 7 hours
  • 1 day


This one-day practical course will support science technicians in schools to work safely with chemicals.

It includes ordering, receiving, handling, labelling and disposal.

You'll also learn how to deal with chemical emergencies.

This course is run by the Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services (CLEAPSS) at UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

Who this course is for

This course is ideal for technicians teaching Key Stage 3/4 (KS 3/4) who are taking on/have responsibility for chemicals.

Course content

The course will cover:

  • CLEAPSS support for safe work with chemicals
  • chemicals and their names
  • ordering and receiving chemicals
  • understanding and using safety information: labels; Hazards: their role and how to use them
  • handling and using chemicals
  • control measures: personal protection and fume cupboards solutions - molar, percentage and 'vol' concentrations
  • making labels: why, when and how
  • waste and recycling: an introduction
  • chemical emergencies and the need for training: spills practical and fire demonstrations

Entry requirements

The course is suitable for technicians who are taking on, or already have, responsibility for chemicals. No prior chemical knowledge is required.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you'll have: 

  • gained information on chemicals and their hazards in school use
  • handled chemicals safely for school practical work
  • developed knowledge about storage, disposal and dealing with emergencies with chemicals

Course team

Joanna Sacks for CLEAPSS

Joanna Sacks for CLEAPSS

Joanna works as an adviser for CLEAPSS.

CLEAPSS provides advice and guidance on all aspects of practical work in science, technology and art. This guidance explores ideas for exciting and engaging practical activities that fire pupils' imaginations and then, unlike many alternative resources, goes on to show teachers and technicians, in detail, how to translate these ideas into safe and exciting classroom experiences.

CLEAPSS has in excess of 28,000 schools and colleges in membership, predominantly in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, where its advice is recognised by HSE, DFE and OFSTED as representing best practice in these areas and as such it is used by employers as the basis for them to discharge their responsibilities under the H&S at work act, 1999.

Course information last modified: 6 Apr 2020, 09:46